*** Fine French Paper Mache Basket w/ MOP Inlay, circa 1880 ***
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Up for your consideration is a beautiful French paper mache handled basket, c. 1880. The piece features extensive mother-of-pearl inlay, along with what appears to be lapis lazuli and carnelian (although I am not sure if it is stone). The handle is made of brass, with an interesting twig-form design.
The basket measures about 4.5" tall, and the tray is 10" x 6.5". It is in excellent condition, with one exception: there is a chip to the underside of the piece as shown. If desired, it would be a straightforward restoration job.
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